Late Night: Election Rigging Plotted on ABC’s Scandal, The Real Life Backstory
In a flashback scene on last Thursday night’s (1/17/2013) episode of ABC’s searing political drama Scandal, a cabal of five voted to rig the upcoming presidential election to ensure that their man “Fitz” won. The personal agendas of four of them were revealed to viewers. Ultimately, Hollis – the gang leader – made a call to a computer wiz he knew and told him “It’s a go!”
Who is the nerd that Hollis called to rig the election?
Could the character be based on the late Michael Connell, the hard-right-anti-abortion-true-believer, who many allege handed George W. Bush the 2004 election by rigging in Ohio? I think so. As a national expert on election rigging, I have evaluated what we know and I believe we can trace how Connell fixed the Ohio election through computers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, via a company called SMARTech. Connell was Karl Rove’s high tech operative. He died, suspiciously perhaps, in a small airplane crash. Like the characters in Scandal, he also had a personal agenda. He viewed abortion as murder and wanted an anti-abortion president.